Thursday, June 17, 2010

Downtown Elgin Live Music & Entertainment Scene - June 17-20

If you look up "Live Music and Entertainment" in the Enyclopedia - you may very well find a picture of this weekend in Downtown Elgin next to it (unless you're using Wikipedia - who knows what you'll find there). Six simple words: Elgin Brew Fest and Noise Fest 2010!

Elgin Brewfest returns to Downtown Elgin's Festival Park on Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19. Hours each night are 5pm-Midnight.

Brewfest features a large selection of premium beers, local food vendors (including Downtown's very own Elgin Public House, Red Bar Winery and The Roadhouse/Main Event) and, of course, live music from your favorite local bands, including Chasing the Day, He Said/She Said and Modern Day Romeos on Friday night and U.F.C. Band, HiFi Superstar, Men from Marz and 7th Heaven on Saturday night. For more information on specific showtimes visit

The festival grounds are free to enter. Wristbands with valid photo ID must be obtained to purchase alcohol. $5 per ticket. 1 ticket = 1 beer. All food, soda, water, energy drink and wine sales are cash only.

Elgin Brewfest is an annual charity event serving the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin.

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42 Bands! Two Days! Only one place to be: Mad Maggies in Downtown Elgin for Noise Fest 2010!

On Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, Mad Maggies at 51 S. Grove Avenue will serve as your host for Noise Fest 2010! This two-day festival packed with fun, games, good times and great local music, will be hosted by Finnigan of 103.5 KISS-FM!

Saturday's performers include SUNS (ex. Wax on Radio), MOD SUN (ex. Four Letter Lie), London (Severe Records), LOOKOUT! Giants, Goodbye Coastline, Emblems, Snowsera, Farwell, In Reverie, Artists vs Athletes, From The Sidelines, Defined My Nightmare, Tadashi, Chase This City, Calls for Comfort, Crayolala, Closing In, Power Power Tiger Paw, My Alumni, and The Light Up Scene.

Sunday's performers include JUST LEFT (standby records), The Alumni Club, Weekend FM, The Delivery Boys, Scarlett, Last Avenue, Chimera Twilight, Rocky Loves Emily (MI), Just The Kid, Backdrop (IA), AM:PM, So Last Summer, The Fireship, Our Story After All, Draft Week, Dear Noel (IN), The Born Ready, Ben Hammond, Cadence Fox, The Laffing Hyenas, and The Window Theatre.

To our Downtown Neighbors up and down S. Grove Street and in the surrounding vicinity, this will be an all-day event on both Saturday and Sunday so expect additional traffic. To the patrons of Noise Fest 2010, welcome to Downtown Elgin and please be respectful of our neighbors and the neighborhood!

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Now onto the rest of this week's Live Music & Entertainment Scene:

Mad Maggies
51 S. Grove

Thursday, June 17
Chicago Farmer with Old Stone and Griffin Phelps - 8:00pm

Friday, June 18
Ryan Corcoran - 6:30pm
Hi-Fi Superstar - 10:30pm

Gasthaus Zur Linde
15 N. Grove Avenue

Friday, June 18
Rologreb and guests - funky new age rock!

Saturday, June 19
Joe Stump, a professor of music at Berkley and one of the top ten guitar shredders alive (as rated by Guitar enthusiast magazine) will be performing his amazing guitar techniques along with Kevin Buck (a Chicago area guitar master who was signed as a representative for Jackson guitars) and The Blizzard of Ozz (the Chicago ultimate Ozzy Osbourn/Black Sabbath tribute)

Elgin Public House/Pub 217
219 E. Chicago Street

Friday, June 18

Saturday, June 19
Q Balls

The Roadhouse/Main Event
200 Prairie Street

Friday, June 18
Libido Funk Circus

Also don't forget about the Elgin OPERA's 2nd Annual Summer Music Festival this weekend and running every weekend through July 11 at the Kimball Street Theater, located on the first level of the new Rider Center on the campus of Elgin Academy at 261 Dundee Avenue. This weekend's shows include Opera in Concert - Highlights From Your Favorite Operas on Friday & Saturday, June 18 & 19 - 7:30pm and Mozart at His Best! - Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, Magic Flute and More on Sunday, June 20 - 3:00pm. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and Students and $10 for Elgin OPERA Guild Members. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Elgin OPERA at 847.695.5014, via email:, or visit

Remember that bands, ticket prices and performance times are subject to change so we ask that you please call or visit each venue's website for ticket information, performance times or for any applicable cover charges.

Celebrating Dad's Day in Downtown

Happy Fathers Day to all of the amazing dads out there!

If you want to show dad how much you appreciate him on his special day, ditch the ties and tools and bring him Downtown for a man-sized meal with the family! Many of our Downtown Elgin restaurants and establishments have Daddy-themed dine-in specials this coming Sunday for that wonderful father in your life.

Here are just a few:

Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago Street

Father's Day Brunch - $14.95 - June 20th - Bring Dad in for Brunch. Country Fried Steak, Biscuits & Gravy, Corned Beef & Sweet Potato Hash, Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar, and time with his family!

Toom Toom Thai
23 S. Grove Avenue

Get 20% off when you make a reservation for Fathers Day, Sunday, June 20th!

Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill
231 Douglas Street

Half off all food and drinks on Sundays! (excluding specials)

Al's Cafe
43 DuPage Court

Just in time for Father's Day, Al's Cafe & Creamery is now open on Sundays from 11am-8pm all summer! Treat dad to one of several taste-tempting black angus steak specials for $13.95 as June is Black Angus Month at Al's Cafe!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Celebrating Pedal Power at This Thursday's Harvest Market

In honor of the City of Elgin’s Bike to Work Week from June 14-18, the Downtown Neighborhood Association is encouraging all bicyclists to ride like the wind to the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market at the Civic Center Parking Lot next to City Hall from 10am-4pm this Thursday, June 17 for a variety of bicycle-friendly activities:

• The Bicycle Garage will be conducting a Bike Education and Repair Clinic at Noon.
• All bicyclists who attend the Harvest Market will be registered to win a $25 Downtown Elgin gift certificate redeemable at dozens of Downtown businesses and restaurants.
• There will be a bike corral area available for riders to park their bikes while shopping at the Harvest Market.

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market runs every Thursday thru October 7 from 10am-4pm. While offering a wide variety of fresh, locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, plants, bread, meats, cheeses, jams and spices, the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market really is much more than just a Farmers’ Market.

On the first Thursday of each new month, the Harvest Market rolls out its special promotional market entitled “First Thursday”. During “First Thursday” the market extends business hours by two hours from 10am-6pm and features cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, art exhibits, health and wellness seminars, guided walking tours of Downtown Elgin and much more.

Our next “First Thursday” market takes place on Thursday, July 1. Among the confirmed attractions for July include:

• Mad Discs & Dyes will conduct a demonstration of T-shirt tie-dying with all natural dyes.
• The continuation of the “D.I.Y. Pollock” Public Art Project which encourages patrons of the market to add their own unique artistic painting touches to a canvas.
• The Centre of Elgin will conduct live fitness/healthy living seminars.

Nestled in the heart of historic Downtown Elgin within minutes of the Grand Victoria Casino, Metra and the scenic Fox River, and within walking distance from Downtown’s dining and shopping district, the Harvest Market attracts hundreds of local residents and workers each and every week.

For more information about the 2010 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, please call Jason Pawlowski, Promotions Coordinator for the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, at (847) 488-1456 or e-mail: